ASTRONOMICAL OCCULTATION


The moon passes between the earth and the sun. The obscuring of the sun, and the ensuing period of darkness is called OCCULTATION. The word has many applications. If an event is scheduled that is of interest to many, and another event is purposely scheduled simultaneously, for the purpose of drawing you away from the first event, it is an occultation. The apostle Paul spoke of “another Jesus, another spirit, another gospel”, which (said he) is not another (not real). In a few words, the gospel is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. The apostle Peter wrote, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy came not in the old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”.

Jesus said (being asked concerning his coming) , “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name , saying, I am Christ (anointed); and shall deceive many”. And in another place, “The kingdom of God comes not with observation (careful looking and observing): Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for , behold, the kingdom of God is within you”.

The man Job, and the book of Job contain many surprises, including lessons on the principle of occultation. Job’s three friends had many perceptions about the Lord and His ways. Job also had many things to say about the Lord. When you near the end of the book, you will find that, concerning Job’s three friends, the Lord said that they had not said the thing about the Lord which is right, as had Job. And concerning Job, the Lord, after hearing all Job’s complaints and conclusions, said, “Who is this that darkens council by words without knowledge?”. Job had said many things which , in and of themselves were right, but he did not understand. When you get to the end of the book of Job, and learn of the Lord’s assessment of Job and his three “friends”, as to what they had said between themselves, you may well want to go back and read it again and look for the occultations.

The book of Jude contains a very excellent use of the principle of astronomical occultation. He refers to false individuals as “wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever”.

To briefly expound; the phrase “wandering stars” does not refer to stars at all. For it is from the word “planetos”, or planets. We now know the many differences between stars and planets. Two thousand years ago, they both were objects of light in the sky, but stars did not stray from their appointed place in the night sky…at least not the vast majority. Some did roam about in the night sky, which gave rise to the name “planetos”, or wanderer. This characteristic is what was observed back then. A few stars moved around. Jude spoke that, to them was reserved the blackness of darkness forever. I don’t doubt that , by revelation, Jude knew they were not even stars, and gave no light at all. But he did know they were not in the heavenly message. In any event, the planets went on to be given names and god like status. Astrology (not to be confused with astronomy) mingles stars and planets in an attempt to “divine”. The Lord has used the stars, particularly the Mazzaroth, the twelve constellations, in scripture, to convey a message.  And among the twelve, the mystery of the circle, as to where it begins and ends, is revealed. It begins in Virgo and ends in Leo. Joseph’s dreams depicted stars, sun and moon. But no planets. Daniel was told that they that do know their God will be strong and do exploits. And they that lead many to righteousness will shine as the stars of heaven forever. So here we have a great lesson every time we look into the night sky. You can not see the stars without seeing any planets that happen to be in view. But if you are to read the stars, you must learn to completely discount anything that is not a star.

What can be said of Christ and Antichrist? Antichrist is an occultation. It is not a slew footed, red, horn headed man. It is another Christ, which is not another. Another church, another body, which are not another. Another Jesus, another spirit, another gospel, which are not another. It is something to take your gaze off the real thing. One, however, is within you. One without. Jesus spoke plainly about that. I hear very frequently, when speaking with individuals, how they will often bring up the subject of Antichrist. They are looking with narrowed scrutiny, for the appearance of something that appeared in the earth, almost as soon as Jesus ascended up to the Father. Consider these words written by the apostle John over 2000 years ago:

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the desire thereof: but he that does the will of the Father abides forever. Little children, IT IS THE LAST TIME: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even NOW are there many antichrists; whereby we know it is the last time. THEY WENT OUT FROM US, BUT WERE NOT OF US; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out that they might be revealed that they were not all of us.”

Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. He that is in the world has clothed himself with wandering stars. It is not unlike the old child’s tale about the King’s New Clothes. The whole thing is naked as a Jay bird (as they are told in Revelation 3) Laodicea is another of those pesky compound words. You may research it. It boils down to “the people believing what they are shown”. The truth is, the church at Laodicea was shown nothing at all, for they perceived they had everything and needed nothing. Jesus said they were miserable, wretched, poor, blind and naked. Whoever was leading them was selling them a bill of goods. They were thoroughly occulted from seeing Christ, by whatever they were being sold.

The day will dawn, and the Day Star will arise in your hearts. In saying no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, you are being shown that the scriptures are not interpreted from any external source. They are revealed by the Author in you…the one who inspired them will lead you into His thinking. There is no need of interpretors, because you have the Author. And He has not authorized any private interpretation.

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Job 38:36 (KJV)
Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

Psalms 51:6 (KJV)
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Proverbs 20:27 (KJV)
The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Proverbs 20:30 (KJV)
The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Jeremiah 31:33 (KJV)
But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

John 7:24 (KJV)
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

2 Corinthians 5:12 (KJV)
For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.

2 Corinthians 10:7 (KJV)
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he [is] Christ’s, even so [are] we Christ’s.

OCCULTATION

An occultation is an event that occurs when one object is hidden by another object that passes between it and the observer. The word is used in astronomy. It can also refer to any situation wherein an object in the foreground blocks from view (occults) an object in the background. In this general sense, occultation applies to the visual scene observed from low-flying aircraft (or computer-generated imagery) wherein foreground objects obscure distant objects dynamically, as the scene changes over time.

.BLB Lexicon
Results for H894 – Babel
בָּבֶל
Transliteration: Babel
Pronunciation: bä·bel’
Part of Speech: proper locative noun
Root Word (Etymology): from H1101
Outline of Biblical Usage:
Babel or Babylon = “confusion (by mixing)”

Root word:
BLB Lexicon
Results for H1101 – balal
בָּלַל
Transliteration: balal
Pronunciation: bä·lal’
Part of Speech: verb
Root Word (Etymology): a primitive root
Outline of Biblical Usage:
to mix, mingle, confuse, confound
(Qal)
to mingle, confuse
to mix
to give provender, feed (animals)
(Hithpoel) to mix oneself (among others)
(Hiphil) to fade away
BLB Lexicon
Results for H1101 – balal
בָּלַל
Transliteration: balal
Pronunciation: bä·lal’
Part of Speech: verb
Root Word (Etymology): a primitive root
Outline of Biblical Usage:
to mix, mingle, confuse, confound
(Qal)
to mingle, confuse
to mix
to give provender, feed (animals)
(Hithpoel) to mix oneself (among others)
(Hiphil) to fade away

Job 38:1 (KJV) 1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

Job 38:2 (KJV) 2 Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

1 John 2:18 (KJV)
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1 John 2:22 (KJV)
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3 (KJV)
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7 (KJV)
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

 

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